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It’s Never Too Early to Talk About Spring Anime!

Even though the winter anime season has just begun, the intertubes are already ablaze with anticipation for the upcoming spring season, fueled largely by the charts released by The Cart Driver and Cowboy Bimbop. Since anticipation makes the heart grow fonder, I've decided to speculate on which shows will catch my fancy this spring. Of course, since all I have to go on is a thumbnail and plot summary, everything I say here is little more than an educated guess... so don't take it TOO seriously. I'm sure I'll be adding and dropping shows to this list once I see the actual trailers.

My picks are below the break. Tell me yours in the comment section!

Shows I'll Probably Watch

  • Kampfer fur die Liebe: The original Kampfer is something of a guilty pleasure for me. I freely admit that it's a terrible show, with a story that's full of wasted potential. Still, it was a lot of fun to watch and had some pretty decent fanservice. This followup is only a two-episode special (not a full second season as I had previously believed), but I'll still be checking it out to fill my brainless fanservice quota.
  • Toriko: I'm getting a strong Yakitate!! Japan vibe from this one... plus the promo art of a musclebound blue-haired manly man just screams "BROMANCE!" I'll be watching this one for Dusty's sake, if nothing else.
  • Tiger & Bunny: If it wasn't bad enough that Gainax was making an anime sponsored by Subaru, now Sunrise has created a show where companies can purchase ad space on the characters themselves. I'll be watching this out of sheer morbid curiosity.
  • [C] The Money of Soul and Possibility Control: From what I can gather, this seems to be a show about economics, moe and the destruction of Japanese society by rampant consumerism. Oh, and it's on Noitamina. A definite must-watch.
  • Deadman Wonderland: Post-apocalyptic action anime featuring prison gladiatorial combat and mysterious superpowers? My god, the Eighties are back!
  • The 4koma War: As a fan of Lucky Star, I'm really looking forward to Kyoani's next big 4koma adaptation, Nichijou. But the other 4koma anime of the season, A Channel, has also been getting a lot of positive word-of-mouth. Who will prevail? It's an all-out moeblob BATTLE TO THE DEATH!
  • Dororon Enma-kun: This show feels a lot like Magipoka, one of my all time favorites, plus it's being animated by Brains Base.
  • Electromagnetic Wave Woman and Adolescant Man: Shaft + Shinbo. Enough said.

Shows I May Watch

  • Sket Dance: The premise sounds a little too much like Ookami-san for my liking, but this show does have a fantastic art style. I'm willing to give it a chance.
  • Moshidora: Apparently based on a famous novel that combines baseball, business management and Peter Drucker, this show has the potential to be quirky and heartwarming.
  • Health & Physical Education for 30-Year-Olds: This is the anime that will allegedly teach awkward virgin men in their mid-thirties how to meet and bed women. Despite the interesting premise, I predict this is going to be a little to PSA-ish for my tastes.
  • X-Men: We've already been burned twice with Iron Man and Wolverine... but maybe this time Madhouse will get its act together! Ah, who am I kidding. This is going to suck, but I'll give it a chance anyway for Psylocke's sake.

Shows That Can Go Frak Themselves

  • Lotte's Toy: From the studio that brought you Kodomo no Jikan comes yet another half-assed fanservice anime that, despite its provocative premise, will feature absolutely no sexual content whatsoever aside from the occasional double entendre. If you really want loli titillation that badly, go read a frakking doujin.

About Jon

Jon is a Japanese culture enthusiast, professional pervert and roleplaying fanatic who appreciates flexible gender identities. He enjoys science fiction, Gunpla, classical music and Red Stripe.

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  • Anonymous

    Don’t forget mother grubbing Kaiji season two! Best anime of 2011 confirmed. Also I shall watch Deadman Wonderland, other stuff I will see when it gets here. I guess the Highschool of the Dead ova as well. I hope it is bloody.

  • Hate-Chan

    Deadman Wonderland is going to be watched by me, no doubt in my mind at all. Most of the other series don’t sound /too/ good. Perhaps provide the synopsis they give as well as your opinions next time please?

    • Kei

      The synopsis are on the charts I linked to in the first paragraph, baka. No point in me being redundant.

  • Anonymous

    I will watch X-Men because I love X-Men but I given the current record of Iron Man and Wolverine it will most likely be horrible.

  • Did you not read the premise of ‘Steins;Gate,’ or does a time-traveling microwave somehow not appeal to you?

    • Anonymous

      “Steins;Gate” is one of the very small number of visual novel adaptations I actually care about. I’ll definitely check it out even if Jon doesn’t.

    • Kei

      Seeing as the hot tub time machine didn’t appeal to me…

    • Anonymous

      Yeah I might give that one a look too as I enjoyed Chaos Head (at least the first 3 topsides), so I am hopping that might be able to have some quality longer.

      • I hold Madhouse responsible for the mess that series became rather than Nitro+.

      • Anonymous

        Ah, well then I hope they can pull it off. The director’s only other work is Shigurui: Death Frenzy, which doesn’t say much since that show is all kinds of crazy.

  • Ryu

    Lotte’s Toy is a show literally aimed at pedophiles which is reason enough not to watch it